Categorized as: Adult Gymnastics

Tumbling at Crossfit London

Im proud of many things at Crossfit London. In particular, I love our adult gymnastic tumbling classes.

Tumbling is where we start the process of teaching adult non gymnasts how to  back handspring, front hand spring, front and back tuck and round off. These are core skills that eventually you can string together.

They are also super cool. and super accessible Our Gym is based in Bethnal Green E2 , which is about a 4 minute train ride from LIverpool street.

When I was young , and that was a long time ago,  the lazy sport teachers quickly assessed the children in their care and decided that certain skills were natural. You were a natural footballer, cricketer, swimmer or you were a waste of time. You either looked as if you could compete for the team, or you were, literally, ignored. At the age of 13 I found myself in “task force”. You went and called bingo numbers out for the local old folks. Very worthy, but none of the benefits of sport.

What we  at Crossfit London have always done is to directly challenge elite sport snobbery. We can teach you to do most things as long as you want to learn. Whether or not you can be a world champion, probably isn’t on the agenda, but, there is no reason why a poorly co-ordinated , but committed  client cannot achieve some basic core  gymnastic moves. From personal experience , getting your back tuck is probably 3 years worth of work for a 50 year old adult learner.

I love every minute of it. If there is truth in the saying, “do something that scares you everyday” our adult gymnastic classes deliver that!!

Gymnastics stands out as a uniquely difficult sport. I think its something to do with jumping really high,   backwards,  and turning over in the air. Its freaky because this  sport  requires you to be powerful and focused.  Power freaks a lot of people out. Jumping backwards onto your hands freaks people out.

This is why our level 2 gymnastic classes set, and make you practise drill after drill after drill.  You’ll sometimes jump backwards and end up sitting  on a soft bit of foam: then its add a roll, then its all the way over with a “work in progress” shape, then a better shape, then , well you’ll see the step by step approach we take.

We have lots of video clips of our advanced gymnasts doing cool stuff. Matteo, Davide and Nyall all “tick” internationally. This video is to get you to think that, no matter what nonsense that lazy PE teacher gave you, if you want to achieve a cool gymnastic move you can with us.

Its not going to be overnight.

You have to like the process. You’ll going to discover 10,000 ways of not doing the move. You are going to land like sack of potatoes: time and time again. You’ll pick up bruises and bumps.

But, can you imagine anything more awesome!!!!

For our part we will support your enthusiasm. We will look at how you and your class mates move and design drill after drill to help you find the right slot or groove. When I was 1st taught ( by great gymnasts) I was the victim of magical thinking. They seemed to think how they were taught as gifted children is how I should have been taught as an adult. They had an unfailing belief in a particular drill. Today I have an unfailing belief in our coaching team’s ability, and desire ,to design drill after drill, and create practise after practise to help make the skill make sense to you.

Often we have to tweak the skill we are teaching you. Not being super flexible is no barrier to learning gymnastics. Our coaches simply find away of doing that skill that you can do. Of course we guide you to our flexibility classes. More flexibility helps, but what helps your back handspring, are back handspring drills. I know hundreds of really fantastic yoga practitioners who cannot cope with gymnastics. Holding static positions, does not prepare you for moving quickly or harvest rebound energy from the floor. Another 3 years of downward dog wont get you a back tuck.

Gymnastics tumbling, isn’t to everyones taste,  but with Crossfit London around, its your choice if you cannot back tuck. If you don’t want to be able to back tuck thats fine.  I cannot fish, and I don’t want to. Thats fine. If,  however you want to, and you find those elite gymnastics clubs wont give you the time of day or a coach condemned you , come to us .

A single class  session is only £15, and this goes down to about £10, depending on how you buy our services.

However,  maybe that you need lots of support and a personal training route is more suitable.. We do that too.

Checkout our adult gymnastic tumbling and strength classes here

Checkout our fees here